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Dec 3, 2012 4:00am PST
president obama and his team are demanding that they allow bush era tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of americans expire. >> there's no way we can govern this country with those low rates in place for future generations. those rates have to go up. >> reporter: but republicans have drawn a line in the sand in raising tax rates. instead, signaling they're open to raising revenue by limiting the tax code. it's a major sticking point. holding up a deal. >> right now, i'd say we're nowhere. >> reporter: president obama is looking for $1.6 trillion in new tax revenue over ten years. speaker boehner is offering half of that. there's $600 billion. the speaker says that's not enough. although he hasn't outlined what he thinks should be cut. if they can't avoid the fiscal cliff, it means on january 1st, every american will pay more income tax, between 2,000 to $2,200 for the average family. $500 billion in automatic spending cuts will go into effect. half of that at the pentagon. the other half coming in transportation, food safety and research. economists feel if washington can't strike a deal,
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Dec 6, 2012 4:00am PST
obama warned the syrian regime. >> i want to make it clear to assad and those under his command, the world is watching. the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. >> reporter: obama administration and military officials say they believe president assad has gotten the message. >> we have sent an unmistakable message that this would cross a red line. and those responsible would be held to account. >> reporter: the syrian regime, which has been massacring citizens for nearly two-straight years, has been careful not to confirm it has the weapons. >> even if we have them, we shall not use them against our people. >> reporter: but president assad's father used chemical weapons. and officials believe pressure on the current government is mounting. opposition is making tactical gains that could trigger a shift in the conflict. the state department believes the conflict is growing closer to assad and is looking into reports that assad's men are looking for a place to go into exile. >> tahman bradley, live in washington. thanks, tahman. >>> we also have breaking news thi
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Dec 7, 2012 1:00am PST
election is on tuesday. according to polls, obama and romney are still neck and neck. both campaigns made their final push today. romney has a very strong lead among white voters but some prominent obama supporters are looking to chip into that and our friend chris rock is one of them. chris rock is from here in brooklyn and tonight, he's recorded a special message for us, targeted specifically at undecided voters of the caucasian variety. so, listen and decide for yourself. >> hi, i'm chris rock with a special message for white people. in times like these, you need a white president you can trust. and that white president's name is barack obama. let's take a look at the facts. for the first two-thirds of his life, barack obama was known as barry.he third whitest nam which is the third whitest name on earth. right after cody and jeff. and these are the white people who raised barry. madeline and stanley dunham. they are so white they have to wear sunglasses because they are hurting each other's eyes. after college, barry went into black neighborhoods in chicago to try to organize peo
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Dec 4, 2012 5:30pm PST
queen of american fashion be president obama's next big ambassador abroad? >>> and good evening. tonight, we have the news that american home owners have been waiting to hear. the price of the family house is roaring back to life. home prices up more than 6% across the country, and that's the biggest jump in six years. abc's david muir is here to tell us what's ahead and which markets are causing the big stir tonight. david? >> diane, we've been waiting to see a result like this. a jump for years now tracking the housing crisis since it started following families, entire neighborhoods as they waited for a rebound. and today, when we went back to one street, one of the hardest hit in america, we couldn't believe the turnaround. call it an early christmas gift for millions of americans who own homes. tonight, new signs home values are finally on the rise again. the biggest spike, in arizona where home prices are up more than 21%. >> and this is cortis street. >> reporter: perhaps you'll remember our drive through that neighborhood outside phoenix, it was ground zero for the housin
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Dec 6, 2012 1:40am PST
over avoiding the fiscal cliff. new polling suggests support for president obama's position in the standoff with congressional republicans. >> the new associated press poll finds 48% of americans want tax cuts for wealthy to expire. and it says more people want to cut government services than raise taxes to reduce the federal deficit. >> now, if the nation goes over the cliff at the end of the year, it's going to affect everyone, including the unemployed, as abc's jonathan karl reports. >> reporter: melinda vega has been put on notice. if congress and the president don't get their act together, her unemployment checks will stop immediately at the end of the year. >> we're dependent on that money to pay our bills. >> reporter: she's been without a job for a year. her $450 a week unemployment check her life line. >> we won't be able to pay some of our bills and, i mean, you know, that's for christmas and things of that nature, probably off the table. >> reporter: she is not alone. without a deal, unemployment compensation will end for more than 2 million people out of work more than
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Nov 29, 2012 6:00am PST
president obama together today for the first time since the end of presidential election. >>> good thursday morning. winter weather advisory for the sierra nevada, temperatures are going to be warm, mid to upper 40s throughout the weekend, over light lows in the mid 30s, another series of storms headed our way. here's live doppler 7 hd right now wet weather up through lakeport, clear lake and a few light showers through east brokaw road, san jose, there will be showers around today, but the main energy and the next storm system is up to the north, all going to sag south this brings heavy rain, gusty winds throughout the evening. 1:00, most of the activity sonoma county, breezy southeast winds 10 to 20 miles an hour. by 5:00, more showers, the frontal band doesn't push through until overnight, today low to mid 60s. >>> moderate right now, a couple of incidents, east shore freeway traveling towards richmond, where that 580 merges on to 80, bunched up past golden gate fields. sluggish into the macarthur maze no major stalls or accidents. north 880 before fruitvale stalled big rig seco
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Nov 30, 2012 4:00am PST
morning, president obama will visit a suburban philadelphia toy factory today, hoping to win public support for his plan to avoid that so-called fiscal cliff. but on capitol hill, talks there have pretty much hit an impasse at this point. neither republicans nor democrats seem willing to budge on the issue of tax rates for the wealthy. unless the two sides can reach some kind of deal, spending cuts and also tax hikes will collectively take effect starting january 1st. the clock is ticking. >> it is. >>> the united nations has overwhelmingly approved recognition of a palestinian state, a move staunchly opposed by the u.s. and israel. >> but in the west bank and gaza, palestinians, they celebrated on the streets. the historic vote upgrades palestine to nonmember nonvoting observer status only. meanwhile, u.s. ambassador, susan rice, she denounced the resolution. saying, quote, it's counterproductive to the goal of mideast peace. >> and the palestinian people will wake up tomorrow and find that little about their lives has changed, save that the prospects of a durable peace have only r
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Nov 29, 2012 7:00am PST
president obama's deal and allow the bush-era tax cuts on the wealthy to expire for now. so tax cuts for the middle class can stay in effect. but house speaker john boehner remains opposed, saying a tax hike on the wealthy will hurt the economy. >>> today, president obama is hosting mitt romney at the white house for a private lunch. after the election, the president promised to reach out to romney for his ideas. >>> and overseas, the u.s. could be getting more involved in the civil war in syria. "the new york times" is reporting the obama administration is considering options, including arming the rebel fighters there who have made progress in recent days in battling bashar al assad's forces. >>> and more trouble for president obama's expected nominee for secretary of state. susan collins says she will not back rice for the job, until more questions on the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya are answered. collins said if president obama nominates senator john kerry instead, he would have no trouble winning confirmation. >>> and breaking news out of new york. lindsay lohan has been arr
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Dec 4, 2012 4:00pm PST
tally results. voting ends on monday. >> president obama tells bloomberg in an interview, that ceos need to start hiring again. >> willow bay joins with us that and more this afternoon's after the bell report. willow? >> hi, yes. president obama granted a first television interview since reelection to bloomberg. the president made it clear he considers tech sector to be a key driver of growth. he met with business leaders in silicon valley. and talk about the power of an nation to create jobs. much of the interview is focused on the fiscal cliff. it also talked about topics vital to tech and business communities. and what more could be done to boost the economy. here is some of what he had to say. >> conversation was ceos, they teal me we're ready to fire. -- hire. but we want a little bit of certainty out there. and what is missing is not only a deal, on long term deficit reduction. what smising is steps we can be taking now. >> if you own shares of oracle, next check will be bigger than usual. ora cell will pay next three dividends at once. the software giant joins a lift of compa
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Dec 4, 2012 7:00am PST
missiles to defend itself as a precaution. president obama has warned syria the u.s. will respond if chemical weapons are employed. >>> back in this country, federal health officials say the flu season is already here. it's the earliest start in nearly a decade. and take a look at this map. widespread flu already being reported from tennessee into the deep south, texas, missouri and georgia not far behind. this year's strain could be dangerous for children and the elderly. doctors' advice here, get your flu shots. >>> meanwhile here in new york, police trying to find the man in this subway surveillance video, arguing with another man in the middle of the day. seconds later, he pushed that man into the path of an oncoming train. the man was killed. police are checking other video, hoping to find a clear image of the killer. no word on what the two were arguing about. >>> and finally, some quick thinking here saves the lives of these two young girls waiting for their mother outside a store. that awning above them collapses. but the girl, able to drag her sister out of the way, at th
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Dec 6, 2012 6:00am PST
of the pond, also new, president obama will visit the home of a middle class family today to make his case for avoiding the fiscal cliff, a northern virginia couple to highlight his push for extending current tax rates for everyone but the top 2%. new associated press poll shows there is clear support for mr. obama's plan in the poll 48% want the tax cuts on incomes exceeding quarter million dollars a year to expire in january while continuing them for everyone else. 32% want to renew the tax cuts for everyone. findings seem to strengthen the president's hand in his negotiations >> recall alert for parents from 7 on your side. government is taking action against makers of nap nanny, a portable baby recliner, after five infanned -- five infant deaths. the nap nanny poses risk of injury and death to infants. the commission says it is a dangerous product with a faulty sign. coming up on "good morning america" at 7:00, why the makers are refusing to pull its product. >>> this afternoon cal will hold a news conference to introduce the bear's new coach, sonny dykes has hired yesterday t
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Dec 3, 2012 11:00pm PST
. >> president obama urged twitter followers on monday to support his position on fiscal cliff debate. president wants debt reduction that includes higher taxes on the wealthy. congressional republicans came one a counter proposal. their plan would reduce the national debt by 2.2 trillion including 800 billion in new tax revenue but no tax increase for the top 2% of earners. if congress and president can not reach an agreement income taxes will automatically go up for nearly all americans. >> 7 news teaming up with a job journal for another higher event. cawters have more than 350 jobs available at the free event in san jose. >> among the company hiring, hyatt regency santa clara. california army national guard. new york life insurance and financial services as well as sleep train.so what to do bring the resume to the double tree hotel in san jose from noon until 4 tomorrow. good opportunity to perhaps find the job you are looking for. >> magician from chico is recovering from severe burns to his head and face it happened while wayne was performing on television in the dominican repub
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Nov 29, 2012 6:00pm PST
? why are you holding this up. >> president obama told boehner there is no deal unless to keep the tax rates go up for those earning more $250,000. >> 138 nations voted to granted the palestinian authority status as a non-member observer state. israel and united states voted against the controversial measure which could make it easier for the palestinian authority to pursue israel in international courts. palestinian president mahmoud abbas called it a last chance for a peaceful two state settlement. >> just ahead, a bay area's woman battle against cancer. >> how social media is bringing >>> traditional fund-raising usually involves something like a bake sale or auction. >> social media opened a new arena. >> it is called cloud funding and michael finney is here tonight, apparently it works. >> it really does. it is a game changer. i reported earlier about a local elementary school where they were able to raise cash by using a cloud funding site. thousands of folks are raising money from everything from making movies to paying medical bills. for one san francisco woman who is fighting
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Nov 29, 2012 12:00am PST
start swearing people in for this. this is interesting. president obama is going to have lunch tomorrow with mitt romney. the mitt romney that e he was against during the election. and you thought you had an awkward meal with your family on thanksgiving. they are eating at the white house. mi mitt, this could have been your private dining room, these could have been your presidential knives and forks. after the president won re-election, he said he wanted to meet with mr. romney because he believes he has ideas that can be very helpful. it's a nice gesture, considering the fact that he hasn't let joe biden have lunch with him even once. here's what i don't get. for the last eight months, mitt romney has been saying nobody should get a free lunch. now, he's going to the white house to have a free lunch. the -- you know, it doesn't make sense. the holiday season officially kicked off in new york city tonight with the lighting of the tree, the big christmas tree. the tree lighting ceremony aired on nbc. only nbc would make a television event out of plugging something in. people came from a
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Dec 7, 2012 6:00am PST
been created this year due to uncertainty over the fiscal cliff. aides to president obama and speaker boehner met yesterday afternoon, but that meeting ended with no signs of progress. stay with abc7 morning news, 6:30 the opening bell live from the new york stock exchange. 6:45 live to jane king for an update. >>> in a few hours pearl harbor survivors as well as military and coast guard veterans will place a wreath in alameda to mark the 71st anniversary of the japanese attack on the pearl harbor base in hawaii. it will be followed by a 20 within gun salute. more than 2400 americans died when the japanese bombed pearl harbor in a surprise attack december 7th, 1941. the attack helped usher the u.s. into world war ii. 3:45 in afternoon sons and daughters of survivors will attend the 48th annual beacon lighting in honor of pearl harbor day. >>> the iphone is likely coming to t-mobile in the new year, the company says it will add apple products in 2013 the company didn't mention the iphone by name and misses say it is likely the -- >>> san francisco-based site zynga wants a real
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Dec 2, 2012 2:00am PST
know it. that's why the u.s. created worlds aids day in 1995. several hundred people obama served -- observed the day and awarded nancy pelosi for her work and a scholarship to a woman who teaches teens about aids and six. >> rather they learn from me i don't know any youth want to talk to a 30 or 40-year-old about hiv or using a condom but i'm that bridge. >> also kicked off a text to donate campaign. donate $10 too the memorial, text the worth heal to 501501. >> despite the rain cr there were several holiday parades and tree lightings, hundreds of people lined main street in pleasant ton for the city's annual parade. a few spectators had umbrellas but for the most part the crowd lucked out. there was only occasional drizzle. >> we're glad it stopped raining. >> ama: the rain picked up a little bit as they lit the official tree just before 7:00. all in all the event squeezed in nicely between the weekend storms, and nice to get a little break but that's already out the window. >> leigh: getting a little bit of a lull right now. checking out the live doppler 7hd, high definition p
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Dec 7, 2012 7:00am PST
year's end. aides to president obama and house speaker john boehner, sitting down on thursday. but no progress was made. the sticking points, tax rates for wealthy americans, a possible lifting of the nation's debt ceiling and cutting spending on entitlements. >>> and in yet another bizarre twist in the bizarre saga of software tycoon john mcafee. mcafee was rushed to the hospital thursday from a detention center in guatemala city, after complaining of chest pains. he's now back in his cell and could be send back to belize, where police want to question him about the murder of his neighbor. >>> now, here's diane sawyer with a preview of tonight's "world news." diane? >> so, josh, it's friday. it's great to talk to you. and how about a holiday tradition for years? everybody wondering, what happened to the determined little boy they loved? well, he's all grown up. and he has a perfect gift for you. tonight, behind the scenes of a christmas classic. and he is our "person of the week" tonight. >> cannot wait to see that. >>> and finally, well, we would be remiss if we did not recognize th
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Dec 1, 2012 12:00am PST
win the support of the public, it's to make them late to the airport. we love that. president obama participated in the annual turkey pardoning ceremony this morning. this is a tradition started by president bush in 1989. two turkeys, cobbler and gobbler. malia seems a little bit freaked out by the -- i don't blame her. turkeys can't be trusted. in order to pardon a turkey, you have to cast a magic spell, which is what the president did there. you know, last year, fox news accused the president of only pardoning the turkeys legs and thighs because of a, quote, deep seeded hatred of white meat. i thought that was a little much. [ applause ] that didn't really happen, we made that up. you know, peta, the people for the ethical treatment of animals, sent a letter accusing the president of working with the, quote, turkey killing industry and urging him to skip the pardoning ceremony because it, quote, makes light of the mass slaughter of 46 million gentle, intelligent birds. meanwhile, cobbler and gobbler are, like, hey, they don't speak for us. we're good with the pardoning. we like it
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Dec 5, 2012 4:00am PST
cliff. the clock is ticking now. 27 days to go. >> and president obama and congressional republicans are making plenty of sound bytes about it all. but very little progress. abc's tahman bradley has the details from washington. >> reporter: democrats and republicans remain light years apart. here's president obama, in an interview with bloomberg tv, describing house speaker john boehner's plan to avoid the fiscal cliff. >> unfortunately the speaker's proposal right now is still out of balance. >> reporter: the speaker's plan would raise $800 billion in tax revenue. but does so without raising tax rates for top income earners. the president says that's unacceptable. >> we're going to have to see the rates on the top 2% go up. and we're not going to be able to get a deal without it. >> reporter: republicans, like rising star senator marco rubio, say raising taxes on the wealthy is the wrong approach. >> the tax increases he wants would fail to make even a small dent in the debt. it would hurt middle-class businesses and the people who work for them. >> reporter: so, that's the major ho
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Nov 30, 2012 12:00am PST
obama held his first press conference today. since being re-elected. and, you know what, he just had fun with it. he really did. four years ago when obama took office, he established a system where citizens can petition the government and if a petition gets more than 25,000 signatures, he promised he would respond to it. so, after obama won last week, citizens in all 50 states filed petitions to secede from the union. the guy they supported didn't win, so, now they want their own separate countries, i guess. which is silly, but whatever. the state with the longest petition is texas, texas has more than 100,000 signatures, which exceeds the minimum of 25,000. so, today, the obama administration, as promised, responded to this. >> hey. how you doing? i'm anthony caprise, president obama's special envoy for talking to the people from seceding from the [ bleep ] union. president obama got your little petition. he read it, he mulled it over and here's his response. nobody -- nobody is seceding from no union. nobody! you got it, texas? good. now, go eat some [ bleep ] barbecue or whate
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Dec 4, 2012 4:00am PST
., if those weapons become a threat. >>> and back here at home, president obama meets with the nation's governors today on urgent talks to avoid that fiscal cliff. republicans and democrats in congress appeared no closer to a compromise. here's abc's tahman bradley. >> reporter: congressional republicans' counterproposal was dead on arrival. the white house quickly rejected the $2.2 trillion deficit reduction plan, that would raise $800 billion in tax revenue over the next decade. but the plan calls for raising the revenue without raising tax rates on top income earners, something the white house views as unacceptable. during a photo op, the president avoided questions about the gop plan. >> no deal better than a bad deal, sir? >> reporter: a senior white house official called the proposal a step backwards. saying if republicans do not agree to some higher tax rates for the wealthy, the nation will go over the fiscal cliff, and the american people will hold them responsible. democrats also take issue with the proposal's spending cuts to medicare and social security. republican counter t
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Nov 29, 2012 11:00am PST
president obama hosting republican mitt romney at the white house for a private lunch. romney arrived this morning walked into the west wing alone. it is the first meeting between the two since romney lost to president obama in the november election. that get together fulfills a promise president obama made during his election night victory speech. the white house says the president wants to talk about romney's ideas for making government more efficient. >>> lisa argen checks out where the showers are next. >>> we went all morning without airport delays now we have delays at sfo rain, wind gusts over 25 miles an hour. we are beginning to see the affects of a windy, rainy afternoon i'll dale when the next storm heads our way, how much rain, coming up. >> -- >>> actress lindsay lohan has been realized again. latest incident that sent her to jail overnight. >>> a film based on the shooting death of oscar grant will premiere at the sundance film festival the movie is selected to compete for best dramatic film in utah next week. it is expected to cover the shooting of the unarmed oakland m
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Dec 7, 2012 4:00am PST
to cancel next week's vote on a new constitution. president obama spoke with morsi yesterday via phone, calling the violence unacceptable. >>> and back here at home, we get a new snapshot of the economy this morning, when the government releases its jobs report for the month of november. it's believed that several factors combined seriously hampered last month's hiring. among them, concerns about the looming fiscal cliff. and other factors, as well. abc's tahman bradley has that story from washington. >> reporter: the fiscal cliff is still three weeks away. but the economy may have already taken a hit. economists predict the government's monthly jobs report, due out later this morning, will show that employers added fewer than 100,000 workers in november. superstorm sandy may be part of the reason job creation slowed. but worry over the fiscal cliff may have also had an immaterial pact. some economists believe that 200,000 fewer jobs thhave been created this year, due to uncertainty about the fiscal cliff. >> it's very important we get it done now. >> reporter: republicans and de
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Nov 29, 2012 4:00am PST
. >> reporter: boehner and president obama said they are optimistic that a deal can be reached by christmas. >>> turning overseas to egypt, where opponents of president mohamed morsi are calling for a second revolution. morsi is addressing his people today. a speech in which he's expected to discuss his move last week to seize near absolute power. thousands have been on the streets of cairo protesting that move since. morsi is showing no signs, though, of backing down. >>> and with the conflict in syria showing no signs of ending, the obama administration is reportedly considering deeper intervention there. this morning's "new york times" says no decisions have been made. but several options are being looked at, including providing arms to anti-government fighters. a decision on whether to deploy surface-to-air missiles in neighboring areas is likely next week. >>> and a major milestone is expected at the u.n. today, when the general assembly votes to give statehood to the palestinians. this comes despite strong opposition for u.s. officials over fears that such a move could harm
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Nov 29, 2012 1:05am PST
yesterday by first lady, michelle obama. thought i was looking in your living room, now, rob. >> does that look like a plastic tree. centerpiece is an outsized 300 pound gingerbread model of the white house sit it's in state dining room. mrs. obama helped the children of military families make holiday decorations and bo, the port g
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Nov 29, 2012 4:30am PST
the bay area's most treacherous roads. >>> president obama welcomes mitt romney to thekkú white houe for a private lunch today. the first time two campaign foes have met since the election it willful fill a promise mr. obama made. the white house says there is no specific agenda, except the president would like to discuss romney's ideas for making government more efficient. >> treasury secretary geithner and white house aide neighbors head to capitol hill today for separate talks on the so-called fiscal cliff. they will discuss now to avert tax increases and spending cuts due to begin in january. >>> little progress in talks between the white house and house speaker boehner. >>> if you the past few days wishing you had -- california may be getting into the big game power ball played in 42 other states. lottery officials meet today expected to adopt regulations to join power ball on the heels of the staggering jackpot of 579 million dollars two winning tickets were drawn, sold in arizona and missouri. california retailers could begin selling the $2 tickets next year would it bring in
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Dec 2, 2012 8:00am PST
shifting a little bit now, where there's a sense that, if president obama goes into his second term and poisons the environment so much that he can't get a deal and we go over the cliff it's going to be so toxic for year two, year three and year four. the president has to worry about his legacy. even though republicans might get blamed, this whole idea of the president bringing this country together, >> democrats have to be wary of. isn't it? >> i don't see it that way at all. look, the president has made a proposal. it may not be what everyone likes. i don't think it was an outrageous proposal. it's consistent with everything he said before. it's a proposal, a real proposal. the republicans have put nothing on the table. if we go over the cliff, it's not at all clear to the american people are going to blame the president as opposed to a party. >> the blame is real dispiriting because the idea of who's going to get the blame instead of figuring out how to keep it from happening is exactly what drives voters nuts. >> they might have to be aware of who's going to get the blame before the
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Nov 29, 2012 1:40am PST
geithner, kind of obama's negotiator man at the table. see if they can make any headway. >>> art, later this half hour, she's 50, he's 26. demi moore has a new younger man in her life. who she is dating now coming up "the skinny." interesting choice. seeing how the last relationship turned out. >> all you need to know his last name is schnabel. >> not making that up. we are not making that up. >> no. >>> but first, we begin with breaking news, powerball officials are making it official this morning. two jackpot tickets sold for last night's lottery, one in missouri and one in arizona. >> missouri and arizona. congratulations. get this. by the time of the drawing the jackpot was worth $580 million. so we should mention the winning numbers right now, here they are, 5, 16, 22, 23, 29, and the powerball, my personal favorite number, 6. abc's steve osunsami got an inside look at where the winners were picked. >> reporter: buying lottery tickets like never before, more than 189 million powerball tickets sold in this final rush. >> thanks. >> this is amazing. incredible. never before ha
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Nov 29, 2012 5:30pm PST
rivals. president obama, opening the white house doors today, to the man who had once hoped to move in there as president himself. take a look. there they were, standing in the oval office, the president and governor mitt romney. they would spend more than an hour at a private lunch and everyone was wondering if somehow, they would agree to work together on america's fiscal crisis. our jonathan karl has been on the phone today to find out what happened. >> reporter: it wasn't the way mitt romney wanted to arrive at the white house. over the gaze of the oval office portrait of abraham lincoln, known for his team of rivals, romney and obama met alone for an hour. by all accounts, much more cordial than their last encounter. >> no, i had a question, and the question was -- >> you want me to answer a question. >> reporter: on the menu, white turkey chili and southwestern grilled chicken salad. and some fence mending. but down the street, on capitol hill, was where the real fireworks were. partisan sniping and a clear sign that talks on averting the so-called fiscal cliff and preventing
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Dec 4, 2012 5:00am PST
obama has issued a stern warning to president assad that the use of chemical weapons would be totally unacceptable. u.s. officials are concerned with the fight moving closer to the capital city of damascus the assad regime may be getting desperate and could use chemical weapons to crush the rebellion. >>> pentagon appointing new military judge to hear the case of an army psychologist. military appeals court ordered the current judge removed because he did not appear impartial. gross ordered the defendant major hasan to be forcibly shaved during the trial. hasan is accused of murdering 13 when opened fire on fellow soldiers in 2009. >> the nation's airlines have taken in 36 billion dollars in revenue from airline fees this year they think they can make more. airlines officials are discussing ways to maximize passenger fees. tossing around the idea of new forms of travel insurance or giving travelers the chance to reorder meals. most airlines charge for food, cocktails, wifi and checked bags. >>> word this morning that new york city mayor bloomberg is encouraging secretary of state hill
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Nov 29, 2012 5:00am PST
storm problems on a treacherous roadway. >> president obama welcomes mitt romney to the white house for a private lunch today, the first time the two have met since the election. it willful fill a promise mr. obama made during his victory speech. the white house says there is no specific agenda for the meeting, except the president would like to discuss romney's ideas. >>> treasury secretary geithner and a white house aide head to capitol hill today for separate talks on the so-called fiscal cliff. they will discuss how to avert a series of tax increases and spending cuts due to begin in january. there's been little evident progress in talks between the white house and lead gop negotiator, house speaker boehner. >>> if you the past few days wishing you lived somewhere that has power ball, you may get your wish. california may be getting in on the big game, already played in 42 other states. lottery officials meet today and are expected to regulations to join power ball on the heels of staggering jackpot of 579 million dollars. two winners, arizona and misery -- arizona and missouri. >>>
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Nov 28, 2012 5:00pm PST
the bay area small business owner sat down with president obama to discuss ways to avoid the fisal cliff. those stories and more coming up at 6:00. now back to dan and cheryl. >> thank you. see you then. >> san francisco firefighters are holding a toy drive tonight focusing on hard to find item. >> the firefighters program wants to be able to represent the community they serve better that is why they're making this very special request. >> yes. they're accepting dos of dollars from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. tonight at don ramone's mexican restaurant. >> and we have more information on how you can help tonight in this effort. and all season long on our web site abc 7 news.com. under see it on tv. nice work they're doing. >> i'm cheryl jeng autos i'm dan ashley. from all of u >>> this is "world news." tonight, dreaming the dream. a chance for someone to win more than half a billion dollars. >> i always feel lucky. >> this is it. this is the one. >> right now, people lining up, 130,000 tickets sold every minute. and we take you inside the
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Nov 28, 2012 5:30pm PST
senior white house correspondent jake tapper with the story. >> reporter: president obama today continued his public relations push, surrounding himself with supporters who wrote the white house, saying they do not want to see a tax increase on the middle class. it's all part of a move to rachet up pressure on republicans in congress to reach a deal before the nation goes off the so-called fiscal cliff, which would increase taxes for the average family by $2,200. >> that means less money for buying groceries, less money for filling prescriptions, less money for buying diapers. it means a tougher choice between paying the rent and paying tuition. >> reporter: but house republicans will not relent on their opposition to any plan that would raise taxes on the wealthy. >> you're not going to grow the economy if you raise tax rates on the top two rates. it will hurt small businesses. it will hurt our economy. >> reporter: the latest abc news/"washington post" poll shows the public is with the president on this debate. on this debate. 60% support raising taxes on incomes higher than $250,000. >
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Dec 5, 2012 12:00am PST
doing a good job, although you'll never guess who criticized president obama. do you remember michael brown? heck of a job brownie, michael brown? the former director of fema who was forced to resign after hurricane katrina. on monday, he criticized the president. he said obama may have acted too quickly. [ laughter ] instead of taking the wait and do nothing approach that worked so well during katrina. that is an interesting point coming from a former fema director and current applebee's employee of the week. [ laughter and applause ] things seem to be getting back on track here in new york. limited subway service is scheduled to resume tomorrow at 6:00 a.m. the mta is letting people ride the bus for free, which -- [ cheers and applause ] very good news. people don't have to be anywhere any time soon. make no mistake. no bus ride in new york is ever free. there is always a price that will be paid. [ laughter ] mayor bloomberg announced that all cars coming into new york city via the bridge must have a minimum of three people in them. unless one of the people is very, very fat, in whi
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Dec 7, 2012 4:30am PST
washington republicans and democrats are talking, no breakthrough locked in a stalemate. president obama demanding higher tax rates for the wealthy and permanent extension of the debt ceiling be part of a deal. >> he showed what is he is after is assuming unprecedented power without limit. >> reporter: republicans say they will only raise tax revenue in exchange for deep spending cuts. if washington can't strike a deal one casualty would be the end of compensation for long term unemployed, people like melinda worried. >> christmas and things of that nature probably off the table. >> reporter: aides met yesterday but no signs of progress. tahman bradley, abc7 news. >>> if you park at a bart station while riding the trains get ready for potential hike in fees by 50 cents twice a year at high volume lots. it would cap the increases to $3 a day. currently commuters shell out a dollar. west oakland costs five. bart makes 15 million dollars a year in parking fees, an increase could mean extra five million dollars annually. >>> muni offering riders a holiday gift, free rides only good on decemb
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Nov 28, 2012 4:00pm PST
person he was impersonating in court. >> president obama turns to social media and business people part of a push to avoid so called fiscal cliff. >> and later, where the toxic chemicals are likely to be found in your house. >>> san francisco man accused of impersonating a physician assistant is in court today. >> he came face-to-face for the first time with the man he was pretending to be. it's a story you'll see only on abc 7 news. >> the more you learn about the story, the more bizarre it becomes. this was the second full day of the preliminary hearing and so far, five women have testified. they claimed they were abused, now, they've testified in person or through their investigators. today, in court, a bizarre encounter. this is a man prosecutors say is carlos guzman, qharjd counts including sex crimes and practicing medicine without a license. >> you never met this man? >> never. never. >> never heard of him? >> no. never. >> this is the real physician's assistant. authorities say the suspect's real name is close to his. carlos guzman garza. guzman came to court facing the man
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Dec 2, 2012 7:00am PST
the whole country, of course president obama as well. they have to be careful here as well. but democrats and the president clearly believe that they have the leverage to force an increase in these tax rates on the upper income americans before they agree to a deal. >> we'll all be watching the stock market as well. if that indeed happen. >>> the president is also concentrating on recasting his new cabinet and one name that came up yesterday is a replacement for leon panetta at the defense department. actually a republican, chuck hagel. former senator from nebraska. >> it's possible, but this is a real game of musical chairs right now. the president has to fill at least three big jobs, secretary of state, hillary clinton, defense and cia. and if the president does not choose susan rice that means john kerry goes to state and hagel goes to defense. if he chooses kerry for state then you could end up having hagel go to cia. we just don't know right now. but all of those names are in play as we talk. >> this wouldn't be his first republican secretary of defense as well. bob gates.
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Dec 3, 2012 7:00am PST
. >>> a much happier story now. the kennedy center honors, stars from new york joined president obama to salute the honorees. lara, huge talent in the spotlight. >> unbelievable to see, david letterman and rock band led zeppelin were just a few of the stars receiving the country's top awards for the arts. it's hard to see who was more excited to see each other, the stars of washington or the stars of hollywood. new bff hillary clinton and meryl streep. bill clinton and led zeppelin. ♪ hey, hey, mama ♪ gone make the you sweat gonna make you move ♪ >> reporter: everyone rocked as foo fighters, kid rock and lenny kravitz belted out some of zeppelin's greatest hits. ♪ i'm gonna give you my love >> reporter: and it took a bevy of famous comedians to pay tribute to their lee, late-night comedian david letterman. >> was he a brilliant, subtle, passive-aggressive, successful parody of talk show host? or some midwestern goon who was a little bit off? [ laughter ] >> when i was a teenager, dave was my justin bieber. [ laughter ] and i like to think of myself as his selena gomez. >> reporte
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Dec 3, 2012 5:30pm PST
trillion in deficit reduction mostly through spending cuts, and while president obama would not answer questions about the counterproposal -- >> no deal better than a bad deal, sir? >> thank you. >> reporter: -- a senior white house official assailed it as a step backwards saying if republicans do not agree to some higher rates for wealthier taxpayers, the nation will go over the cliff and the american people will hold the republicans responsible. wall street remains optimistic a deal will be struck, so the lack of progress has not yet resulted in a market plunge, but some economists estimate that because of the uncertainty posed by the fiscal cliff, at least 200,000 fewer jobs have been created this year. and, diane, the official deadline for the fiscal cliff is december 31st at midnight when the ball drops in times square, but there's actually another deadline. the house of representatives is scheduled to go on winter break a week from friday, so really there are only 11 days to work out a plan as of now, diane. >> talk about the clock ticking down. thanks so much, jake. >>> a
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Dec 4, 2012 1:40am PST
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Dec 1, 2012 7:00am PST
. >> thanks, ron. >>> let's turn to other real news. and president obama is facing two, big items on his agenda as the new year approaches. not only is he in a staredown with congress over the looming fiscal cliff. now, there's reports that his first pick for a new cabinet could come as soon as this month. and his choice may be a surprising one. david kerley is here. we're talking about the top spot for the defense department. >> reporter: we were talking that the president probably next week who he would like to go to the state department. but now, there's a report that maybe he's going to do a package deal next week. state department nominee, as well as defense department nominee. and there could be a couple of surprises here. these are some of the names we've been hearing over the last couple weeks. one is interesting. chuck hagel, a former senator. he's on the right on your screen. he's a republican. also, john kerry, currently in the senate. michelle flournoy, who is in the defense department right now. and ashton carter, right now in the defense department right now. hagel would be
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Dec 6, 2012 7:00am PST
the latest on that. >> that's a frightening development, something president obama took very seriously. >>> we have a warning this morning that all parents with infants need to here. federal authorities are taking an unprecedented move of suing the manufacturers of infant recliner, saying they are dangerous. i don't know about you guys. but i used these with both of my babies. pretty amazing. >> yeah. >>> also ahead, a major announcement today we can't wait to share with you. it involves all of us and more "gma" every day. we're excited to tell you what we're talking about later on this morning. >> that's coming up. >>> let's get to the news out of london. lama hasan is outside of the hospital where kate middleton checked out, roses in her hand. good morning, lama. >> reporter: good morning, george. just moments ago, a very happy duke and duchess of cambridge left the hospital behind me. one of the reporters asked kate if she was feeling any better. kate nodded and smiled and replied yes. after three days and three nights in the hospital, kate, suffering from acute morning sickness, ju
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Dec 5, 2012 7:00am PST
the showdown in d.c. on our taxes and that fast-approaching fiscal cliff. president obama has rejected the latest republican offer. he's taking a very hard line in the talks. >>> there's growing outage here in new york city over a front-page photo from "the new york post" yesterday. this man has just fallen down on the tracks. is just seconds away from a subway train hitting and killing him. many people upset why the photographer was taking the picture and not helping the man. this morning, he's talking out, justifying why he took the photo. and why so many other folks were running away. there's nobody there trying to help him off the tracks. >> he says he was trying to help. we're going to get into that. >>> also, you guys over there took advantage of the spring weather yesterday. >> yes, we did. we needed a walk. but more importantly, we needed to see our old pal, robin. we got to walk through the riverside park, as the sun was setting on a beautiful day in manhattan. it's always the case. she's always the -- >> she looks fantastic. >> she is the best medicine for us. it was amazing.
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Nov 30, 2012 1:40am PST
fast. >> president obama is going into campaign mode to win support for his plan. visiting a pennsylvania toy factory today. the deadline is a month and a day away. as abc's karen travers reports. good morning, karen. >> reporter: good morning, rob. good morning, sunny. yesterday was round two between the obama administration and congressional leaders on capitol hill. and things aren't looking good. basically at this point, both sides have laid out an agenda, and they're waiting for the other side to blink. so much for that brief burst of optimism in washington over the fiscal cliff talks. now republicans and democrats can't even agree on where things stand. >> no substantive progress has been made in the talks. >> and you know there is progress. >> treasury secretary tim geithner sat down with bipartisan congressional leaders to keep pushing for a deal. a top boehner aide said the plan geithner presented is, quote, completely unrealistic. and a top democratic aide said republicans have taken to screaming at them. if no action is taken by december 31st, 650 billion in cuts to
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Dec 6, 2012 5:00am PST
in exchange for future equity. today the obama administration will recommend seniors be careful before signing one. new starbucks likely coming to a neighborhood near you, planning to open 1500 more cafes over the next five years, averaging two ♪ we were skipping stones and letting go ♪ ♪ over the river and down the road ♪ [ female announcer ] at nature valley, we know nature comes together in amazing ways. that's why we bring together natural ingredients, like dark chocolate with toasted oats, or sweet golden honey. perfect combinations of nature's delicious ingredients, from nature valley. ♪ ♪ i was thinking that i hope this never ends ♪ [ female announcer ] nature valley granola bars, nature at its most delicious. >>> good morning. 5:14. live look san francisco looking across the bay into oakland and east bay, something is happening in the east bay. yes! the raiders game! [ laughing ] >> that was too easy. >> hosting the broncos and peyton manning. >> should be a good one. we'll check in with mike. >>> developing news in the search for a nevada couple reported m
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Dec 3, 2012 5:00am PST
made a political calculation. >> reporter: president obama and his team are demanding that congress allow bush era tax cuts to expire. >> there is no responsible way we can govern this country with those low rates in place for future generations those rates have to go up. >> reporter: republicans have drawn a line in the sand on raising tax rates signaling they are open to raising revenue by reforming the tax code and limiting reductions for the wealthy. >> right now i would say we are nowhere. >> reporter: president obama asking for 1.6 trillion in new tax revenue over 10 years, boehner is offering half that. the president offering 600 billion dollars in cuts to medicare and other programs. the speaker says that is not enough. he hasn't outlined what he thinks should be cut. if they can't avoid the fiscal cliff, january 1st, nearly every american will pay more income tax between $2,000 to $2400 for the average family, 2% cut in payroll taxes will disappear, 500 billion dollars in automatic spending cuts in effect, half at the pentagon the other half from educating, transportation,
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Nov 30, 2012 7:00am PST
laughed out loud thursday when he saw president obama's latest plan to avoid a middle-class tax increase. republicans are demanding more spending cuts. >>> and just as millions of americans shop online, rely on their gifts to be shipped by the holidays, the biggest seaports in the country are at a virtual standstill. union workers at the los angeles and long beach terminals are on strike. protesting outsourcing of jobs. 40% of all u.s. imports come through those terminals. negotiations are set to resume today. >>> very unusual scene just south of there, in san diego. an out-of-control truck slammed into a fire hydrant, sending water shooting cinematically 30 feet into the air. like a geyser. the truck actually plowed into a bar, leaving a gaping 11-foot hole in the wall. thankfully, no one was hurt. >>> now, here's diane sawyer, with a preview of tonight's "world news." diane? >> josh, great to talk to you on this friday. happy weekend to everyone on "gma." and coming up on "world news," please meet this young woman. i think you'll never forget her. an amazing story that teaches every on
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Dec 4, 2012 1:05am PST
however. >> president obama urged twitter followers on monday to support his position on fiscal cliff debate. president wants debt reduction that includes higher taxes on the wealthy. congressional republicans came one a counter proposal. their plan would reduce the national de 2.2 trillion including 800 billion in new tax revenue but no tax increase for the top 2% of earners. if congress and president can not reach an agreement income taxes will automatically go up for nearly all americans. >> 7 news teaming up with a job journal for another higher event. cawtersre than 350 jobs available at the free event in san jose. >> among the company hiring, hyatt regency santa clara. california army national guard. new york life insurance and financial services as well as sleep train.so what to do bring the resume to the double tree hotel in san jose from noon until 4 tomorrow. good opportunity to perhaps find the job you are looking for. >> magician from chico is recovering from severe burns to his head and face it happened while wayne was performing on television in the dominican repub
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Dec 4, 2012 4:30am PST
morning president obama will host some of the nation's governors to spread his message. the president wants to raise 1.6 trillion in revenue by increasing taxes on the top 2% of income earners. republicans counted with a 2.2 trillion dollar deficit reduction plan, 800 billion dollars in revenue, but didn't call for raising tax rates on wealthy. the proposal was quickly ejected with the white house. >>> new -- rejected by the white house. >>> new poll shows -- gallup asked americans to rate honesty and ethical standards car salesmen got lowest marks 8% marked them high or very high. congress is just above them, only 10% scored in the top two categories to be honest. journalists 24%. top of the rankings, nurses, 84% of americans gave them the highest marks and of course meteorologists right behind that >> i was going to say even though it is not darn -- not a 100% science -- [ talking over each other ] >> 100% science that has accuracy, a little less -- okay stop digging. [ talking over each other ] >> they didn't rate meteorologists i wonder who is dragging who down? [ laughing ] >> to
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Dec 2, 2012 5:30pm PST
deadline? david kerley at the white house tonight. >> reporter: president obama and his white house team appear confident with the stronger hand in talks with house republicans, demanding and believing tax rates for the wealthy are going up. >> there is no responsible way we can govern the country with those low rates in place for future generations. those rates are going to have to go up. >> i was flabbergasted. i look at him and i said, you can't be serious. >> reporter: the two sides are seriously far apart. the president wants $1.6 billion in new tax revenue over ten years. the speaker wants half that. the president wants spending cuts, $600 billion. to medicare and other programs. not enough, says the speaker. >> if we gave the president 1.6 trillion of more money, what do you think he is going to do with it? he is going to spend it. that is what washington does. >> they have to come to us and tell us what they need. what we can't do is to keep guessing. >> so the ball is in their court? >> absolutely. and they understand that. >> reporter: the good news, it appears the mortgag
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